How Nanotechnology Is Going to Bring About a Strange New Age of Warfare

by | Mar 23, 2017 | Headline News | 30 comments

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    Normally in warfare, bigger is better. Most militaries are always looking for something that’ll make a bigger impact. They want bigger warships, bigger tanks, and bigger explosions. Sometimes however, the littlest things can be the most dangerous. In fact, developments in nanotechnology may be about to usher in a new class of miniaturized weapons that shouldn’t be underestimated.

    CNBC recently interviewed physicist and futurist Louis Del Monte on his new book “Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity.” The future it paints sounds absolutely terrifying:

    One unsettling prediction Del Monte’s made is that terrorists could get their hands on nanoweapons as early as the late 2020s through black market sources.

    According to Del Monte, nanoweapons are much smaller than a strand of human hair and the insect-like nanobots could be programmed to perform various tasks, including injecting toxins into people or contaminating the water supply of a major city.

    Another scenario he suggested the nanodrone could do in the future is fly into a room and drop a poison onto something, such as food, to presumably target a particular individual.

    And Del Monte didn’t pull these ideas out of a hat. He’s not just guessing about what kinds of weapons nanotechnology could produce in the near future. He also cites reports from the Pentagon:

    Frightening details about military nanotechnologies were outlined in a 2010 report from the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, including how “transgenic insects could be developed to produce and deliver protein-based biological warfare agents, and be used offensively against targets in a foreign country.”

    It also forecast “microexplosives” along with “nanobots serving as [bioweapons] delivery systems or as micro-weapons themselves, and inhalable micro-particles to cripple personnel.”

    In the case of nanoscale robots, Del Monte said they can be the size of a mosquito or smaller and programmed to use toxins to kill or immobilize people; what’s more, these autonomous bots ultimately could become self-replicating.

    Given their size, it’s obvious that nanoweapons would be perfect for inflicting small numbers of casualties in a precise manner. They would probably be used frequently by governments for clandestine assassinations. If someone keeled over from eating poisoned food, who would guess that the poison was delivered by some flying robot insect? Would anyone even assume that they’d been poisoned?

    You also have to wonder how long it would take the public to catch on. Given that the government’s technological prowess often exceeds what we see in the civilian world by a wide margin, they could be snuffing out dissidents for years before anyone realizes how they’re doing it. Who’s to say that the government doesn’t already have this kind of technology?

    But perhaps what’s most frightening, isn’t the small scale capabilities of this technology. What’s really scary is how nanoweapons could be used to inflict mass casualties.

    Nanotechnology opens up the possibility to manufacture mini-nuke components so small that they are difficult to screen and detect. Furthermore, the weapon (capable of an explosion equivalent to about 100 tons of TNT) could be compact enough to fit into a pocket or purse and weigh about 5 pounds and destroy large buildings or be combined to do greater damage to an area.

    “When we talk about making conventional nuclear weapons, they are difficult to make,” he said. “Making a mini-nuke would be difficult but in some respects not as difficult as a full-blown nuclear weapon.”

    Warfare has changed quite a bit over the past hundred years. However, given what we can expect to see in the near future, I don’t think any of us can imagine what warfare is going to look like after the next hundred years.


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      1. Disease was all but eliminated, and now it is everywhere. All these mental cases can do is sit around and think of new ways to mess up the world. If we don’t spend our energy creating atrocities, we won’t have to worry that they will wind up in the wrong hands.


        • Lovely thought B from CA. But I’m afraid it will only remain as that.

        • Off Topic, It looks like the state of Illinois house of reps. can be heard at anytime to vote for a Gun Seizure bill. If you live in Illinois be sure to call your Rep and express your dismay.

          • Fuck that! call your rep and tell him if this passes , his ass is done !

            ask him if he can run faster than 2400 FPS

            • And if he says yes then ask him if he can outrun a 3600 fps. hollowpoint. If ya got a .243 I’ll give you the recipe 🙂

              • Ehhh I’ll give it to you anyway lol.
                47.5 gr. H-414, 70gr. Sierra matchking boolit, win primer. 5 shot avg. with chronograph 3605 fps.

        • Disease is everywhere because we re imported it from places where it is rampant and left uncontrolled by the locals.

        • I don’t think any of us can imagine what warfare is going to look like after the next hundred years.”

          Humanity doesn’t have a hundred years. If we do, we will be back to using sticks and stones; or bows and arrows. 🙁

      2. B from CA

        If mankind didn’t have enough to go up against with nature, bastards invent new and or increasing the lethality of diseases and efficient methods for their delivery.

        If morality doesn’ temper knowledge disaster will be the end result.

      3. Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

        8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

        9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

        10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

        11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. {Apollyon: that is to say, A destroyer}

        They are armed and dangerous.
        They are guided by armed, military people (hair).
        The lion’s teeth indicates military strength.
        Their armor is of a strong material.
        Their leader is satan.

        “as it were” suggests a best guess by John, the Revelator.

      4. Anyone want to speculate on how to protect yourself from this?

        • kill everyone involved in this now.. thats how

          thats my speculation

          • As the young John Conner discovered,
            you can postpone Judgment Day…

            –but you can’t avoid it.

      5. New weapons tect. They build them big for a long time. Now they will build them small.

        We do this all the time. 30Cal to 22Cal., 45Calk to 9mm. So why not the size of a fly? Just have to build a better and tougher fly swatter.


      6. Lets consider CURRENT technology…
        Consider these THREE things concerning Obama policy on dealing with Islamic Radical terrorists.

        Obama set the of DRONE MURDERING OF AMERICAN CITIZENS without a trial policy, Obama PRECEDENT, seems fair that when he meets the criteria of being the sole greatest risk and threat that he be treated EQUALLY. All things considered (IF YOU IGNORE THE NAME OF THAT TERRORIST, What would President Trump LEGAL POLICY be if he followed Obamas policies?)

        LOGIC DEMANDS that the Law of unintended circumstances be IGNORED when the USA national security is in SERIOUS RISK. The single most dangerous terrorist RIGHT NOW to the USA is former President Obama, and if his PRIMARY policy while in office was to take out the HEAD terrorists by DRONE, then by all means, President Trump should use his powers to extradite a quick droning on the single most dangerous person right now on the planet. That terrorist KNOWs the inside and out of all of Americas secrets…KEEP THAT IN MIND when people pooh pooh the idea of the necessity to take out Americas greatest terrorist threat and pooh pooh a SITTING President murdering an alleged American CITIZEN without trial, the case is easily made for WHAT MUST BE DONE!!

      7. It’s the insidious nature of Sky Net. Swarms of tiny micro weapons. Unstoppable for now. The cycle never stops. Someone will invent an invisible electronic net to catch the micro weapons. Keeps the defense contractors rich.

      8. Also, another Russian has been murdered. This time in Ukraine. Can’t remember his name, but he was a former Russian member of Parliament. He had to leave Russia because of his corruption. I was channel surfing to Russian TV when I noticed someone I actually met before, Serge Trifkovic. He is a writer and anti-communist. His family had suffered under Churchill’s and Stalin’s “Operation Keelhaul”. The Ukraine is trying to blame Putin, but Serge says the Ukrainians saw him as more valuable dead than alive. Serge says it’s most likely this man died because of his corrupt business dealings with mobsters.

      9. Off topic, but perhaps of interest to some of you, cited from on the myth of Scandinavian socialism:

        “Nima Sanandaji, whose family is from Iran, is from Sweden and is the author of the book, Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism (WND Books, 2016)… Sanandaji told me, “Nordic countries are not socialist. The prime minister of Denmark came to the U.S. at the end of 2015, went to Harvard, and spoke, and he said in effect, ‘Stop saying that Denmark is socialist; we’re a market economy.’ And he’s absolutely right, throughout their history…Nordic countries have been perhaps the best example of how free markets create prosperity; and how high taxes, overly generous welfare, have destroyed the same prosperity. Today Nordic countries are very much market economies. They respect private property.”

        Sanandaji drilled deeper: “Nordic countries are successful because of their unique culture, and this is why socialists only point to Nordic countries [as examples of “successful socialism”] because their success predates the welfare state and is because of culture, and their economic success is because of free markets. That is why they can never find a good case for socialism which is not about Nordic countries. It’s all smoke and mirrors.”

        Sanandaji points out in his book that Scandinavians who left Norway, Denmark, Sweden, etc. about a hundred years ago, when compared with their Nordic cousins who never left, tend to fare better by any comparison. He said, “Nordic-Americans, because they have a Nordic culture of success, are already more successful than the Nordic people.” He said there are 12 million Nordic-Americans, and they “have a 50 percent higher living standard” than do their cousins who never left Scandinavia.

        Nima said something we don’t hear often: “Culture matters, and so what is Nordic cultural success? Now it has a lot to do with this Protestant, Lutheran working ethics—Protestant, Lutheran responsibility ethics, and the unfortunate thing is that that ethic has gradually been declining over time.”
        Sanandaji, an atheist, cannot be accused of a Christian bias. Yet he says retaining the Judeo-Christian traditions will be key to the future survival of the West.

      10. People are always the problem. And it’s always about controlling someone else one way or the other.

      11. I’m pretty sure technology is being used to block the sharing of ideas by not allowing all posts to be seen. All of a sudden the number of viewers and posters dropped off, shortly after the new “monitors of the Internet” came on board. Pretty soon “hate speech” (whatever the hell that is) will be a crime, like it is in some Countries in Europe. Say goodbye to the first amendment. Then the rest.


        • Do a search for rfid/radio/cell j a m m e r s stop them pesky metal skeeters in mid flight lol.

        • Hmmm so many of these articles have the same familiar dissertation. Thinking Thinking … where have I heard this before?
          The conservatives are fools: They whine about the decay of traditional values, yet they enthusiastically support technological progress and economic growth. Apparently it never occurs to them that you can’t make rapid, drastic changes in the technology and the economy of a society without causing rapid changes in all other aspects of the society as well, and that such rapid changes inevitably break down traditional values.

          * Control of Human Behavior”, item 145
          * To those who think that all this sounds like science fiction, we point out that yesterday’s science fiction is today’s fact. The Industrial Revolutionhas radically altered man’s environment and way of life, and it is only to be expected that as technology is increasingly applied to the human body and mind, man himself will be altered as radically as his environment and way of life have been.

          * “Control of Human
          * Behavior”, item 160
          * The technophiles are taking us all on an utterly reckless ride into the unknown. Many people understand something of what technological progress is doing to us yet take a passive attitude toward it because they think it is inevitable. But we (FC) don’t think it is inevitable. We think it can be stopped, and we will give here some indications of how to go about stopping it.

          Green Anarchy #8, (Spring 2002)
          * Smashing up McDonald’s or Starbuck’s is pointless. Not that I give a damn about McDonald’s or Starbuck’s. I don’t care whether anyone smashes them up or not. But that is not a revolutionary activity. Even if every fast-food chain in the world were wiped out the techno-industrial system would suffer only minimal harm as a result, since it could easily survive without fast-food chains. When you attack McDonald’s or Starbuck’s, you are not hitting where it hurts

          * “Technology Is The Target”, point 2
          * The techno-industrial system is exceptionally tough due to its so-called “democratic” structure and its resulting flexibility. Because dictatorial systems tend to be rigid, social tensions and resistance can be built up in them to the point where they damage and weaken the system and may lead to revolution. But in a “democratic” system, when social tension and resistance build up dangerously the system backs off enough, it compromises enough, to bring the tensions down to a safe level.

          * Note:
          * (i.e. Safety relief valve implementation via the electoral college Eh Ted?)

          Its is important, too, to realize that deadly violence among primitives is not even remotely comparable to modern warfare. When primitives fight, two little bands of men shoot arrows or swing war-clubs at one another because they want to fight; or because they are defending themselves, their families, or their territory. In the modern world soldiers fight because they have been brainwashed into believing in some kook ideology such as that of Nazism, socialism, or what American politicians choose to call “freedom”. In any case the modern soldier is merely a pawn, a dupe who does not for his family or his tribe but for the politicians who exploit him. If he’s unlucky, maybe he does not die but comes home horribly crippled in a way that would never result from an arrow- or a spear-wound. Meanwhile, thousands of non-combatants are killed or mutilated. The environment is ravaged, not only in the war zone, but also back home, due to the accelerated consumption of natural resources needed to feed the war machine. In comparison, the violence of primitive man is relatively innocuous.

          On the other hand it is possible that human control over the
          machines may be retained. In that case the average man may have
          control over certain private machines of his own, such as his car or
          his personal computer, but control over large systems of machines will
          be in the hands of a tiny elite — just as it is today, but with two
          difference. Due to improved techniques the elite will have greater
          control over the masses; and because human work will no longer be
          necessary the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the
          system. If the elite is ruthless they may simply decide to exterminate
          the mass of humanity. If they are humane they may use propaganda or
          other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the birth rate
          until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving the world to the
          elite. Or, if the elite consist of soft-hearted liberals, they may
          decide to play the role of good shepherds to the rest of the human
          race. They will see to it that everyone’s physical needs are
          satisfied, that all children are raised under psychologically hygienic
          conditions, that everyone has a wholesome hobby to keep him busy, and
          that anyone who may become dissatisfied undergoes “treatment” to cure
          his “problem.” Of course, life will be so purposeless that people will
          have to be biologically or psychologically engineered either to remove
          their need for the power process or to make them “sublimate” their
          drive for power into some harmless hobby. These engineered human
          beings may be happy in such a society, but they most certainly will
          not be free. They will have been reduced to the status of domestic

          My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.

          –Theodore John Kaczynski —

          ( Social media would make for a good Rorschach test to determine who needs “the treatment” Eh Teddy Boy?)
          You are one smart fkning Polack but I can never forgive your dumbass decision to wage war on the Technocracy with clubs and arrows.


      13. can’t get away from the annoying auto video at the top of the comments section.

        the screen automatically scrolls back up to the video

        UGH !

        • AdBlock plus, grandee. Free.

          • Thank you 🙂

          • Cut the Crap out.
            Be Anonymous.
            Use TOR.
            ht tps://

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